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RAILS: Long Sleeve Maternity Shirt, Sam Edelman: Petty Suede Booties, Urban Decay: Naked, AG Jean Secret Fit Belly: Ankle Length Skinny Jeans, Samantha Warren London: Hirtus Pouch, Jen Garrido: Rain-Smudged Petal Journal, Hatch Collection: The Twilight Jumper, Stella Maria Baer: Selenelion Moon, Mini Mocks: Native, and Tuk Tuk Anouk: Laurel Dress.

It will still be warm here in New England well into October but I am already dreaming of sweaters and jeans! I thought it would be fun to start a new series of things I am craving right now. How gorgeous is that painting from Stella Maria Baer?! AND those sweet moccs I just got in the mail for Wesleigh and they are the softest leather. Now I just need to get the rest of the items on my list;) What are you craving this September?!

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Being a present parent and a productive writer is the hard, but achievable, balance I am striving for. I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say raising kids comes first, and so sometimes I have to say no to a really amazing project or that “I can’t” to a killer business trip. If I don’t keep that equilibrium that I love, I am just not positive and happy. Here are my best tips to be your most productive self while freelancing and being a mama.

1. Set Boundaries: Planning a career while raising children means that you are going to have to set boundaries. Working on your own time means that you need to be more clear on exactly what that means for you. For example: when you are working, you are working, period (see #3 for scheduling!). When you are with your children, you are being mindful, present, and in tune. This takes major practice and work on your part but you need to be present with work and with your family to be the most productive you can possibly be. Both parties deserve your undivided attention. Establishing boundaries may also mean something as small as silencing your phone on Mondays or not taking conference calls before 12pm. Whatever your boundaries are, make sure you stick to them!

2. Have a Schedule: It doesn’t need to be rigid, but it does need to be clear. For example, I work first thing in the morning, during nap time, and then late at night. The times fluctuate, but they usually fall somewhere between 7-8:00am, 1-3:00pm and 8-11pm. Notice that when my kids are home or awake, I am absolutely NOT working. I have to be a mindful parent, it’s so important to me. You need to be clear about your schedule, but also have wiggle room for life, children, vacations and of coursegirlfriends!

3. Be Productive: This seems like a no-brainer right? OK, well, it’s not that simple! Being productive means that you have boundaries, a schedule, and a plan-but MOST importantlyyou are PRODUCTIVE during these times. This is why I allow for some schedule wiggle room in the afternoon, because if I am going to web surf during the hours of 1-3 while the kids are at school/asleep, then this is not using my time wisely (I really sound like a mom here don’t I?). If I need that extra energy then I take that nap. I might have to put more hours in another time, but that’s OK. You may not have time to rest, but you CAN take that lunch break, go outside and enjoy some fresh air. Here is the best explanation about being productive by the amazing Marie Forleo, watch here.

4. Have a Dedicated Work Space: This could be at your kitchen table, a home office, a desk in the basement, it really doesn’t matter where it is, as long as it exists. I have a home office but that doesn’t mean I produce better work. The important take away here is that I have a desk, it’s quiet (well during nap time), I have all my supplies present, and I can sit there and work whenever I can. Having a space of your own is important for your brain, it lets your body know that when I am here I am productive and creative. Which leads me to #5…

5. Mix it up: Hit up a local cafe to people watch and get your creative juices flowing. The best type of work happens with a cup of coffee and the buzz of a cafe. Staring at your work space for months in a row is not going to get you fired up to produce. Get out there and find a local spot with great WiFi!

I hope these tips help you to be the best freelancer and creative you can be. Remember if you get stuck, tap into your tribe. Meet a friend or colleague to bounce ideas off of. Also, comment below, I would love to hear how you work!

Photo by Cambria from Cambria Grace Photography

 

 

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September Craves

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Family Travel to Nantucket

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Late Summer Mood Board

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The family and I are off to Nantucket for one last summer hurrah! We went on a few day trips, but this time we are going to stay for a couple days. One of my favorite things to do (besides relaxing and swimming!) is to pack the kids in the car and drive into town for some shopping and, of course, eating. If you have never been to The Bean, you need to scoot over and get the iced chai tea latte!

It should be interesting because last summer we could throw Wesleigh into a baby carrier and go. This year she will need a car seat, pack and play, and strollerOY! I’ll be over here brainstorming how to lug these all onto the ferry.

I am going to try out Petite Travelers and I will let you all know how it goes! Follow me on Instagram to see our travels.Would love to know how you do day trips with your littlescomment below!

Photos by Rebecca Hansen from First Mate Photo